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Poster: Tyler Date: Nov 15, 2007 7:19pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Downloading complete concerts in flac?

"What are the options for downloading a full recording? [edit]

Update 5/2006: Please note that due to a major system transition, many items' ZIP files (for their "Lossless" links) have been deliberately disabled for the time being. Engineers are still working on the best method for the new system.

Lossless: A ZIP file containing Shorten files or Flac files. Unlike formats like MP3, lossless formats are true to the original - there is no degradation in quality.

Hi-Fi: A ZIP file containing MP3 files encoded with a variable bit rate to deliver high quality at roughly 160kilobits per second.

Lo-Fi: A ZIP file containing MP3 files encoded at a constant bit rate of 64 kilobits per second. These files are ideal for users with slower Internet connections.

FTP: Using an FTP client you can log in to the Archive's servers and download all of the files at once.

Other Web Options: All files are displayed as individual links on any item's details page. Web-based download managers can be set up to download all the files you want from the page, as a group. For Firefox, the extension DownThemAll is a popular option."

as a correlary, 'zip on the fly' aka 'the whole show lossless option' IS still being created on some shows. It seems though it is only on shows that have no mp3s. Example:

uploaded only a few months ago, but because the artist has a 'no mp3' policy, the show is only in lossless and if you click 'whole directory' in the upper left, the show will download as a .zip file.

I am not sure if 'flac only' shows of artists were MP3 is OK (meaning, the uploader decided to not allow mp3's, rather than the system / band) have the zip on the fly option, but I'd expect they too have the 'whole directory' option.

But for shows that have mp3's, you'll have to do the above method to get all the lossless files.